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Dr. Rosario Tomasello: Linguistic signs in action: Brain correlates of speech act processing

16.03.2022 | 17:00

Dr. Rosario Tomasello is giving a talk about:

Linguistic signs in action: Brain correlates of speech act processing


In everyday social interactions, linguistic signs are used as tools allowing effective expression of our intentions to others. These intentions, described by linguistic-pragmatic theories as speech acts, are embedded in a set of complex settings and actions, including associated commitments, that define the specific nature of their actions in context. Here I summarise a series of studies on the brain correlates underlying the fine-grained distinction between different speech act types in written, spoken and gestural modalities, including speech prosody and the role of common ground. I will provide novel insights into the long-standing debate about when brain indexes of linguistic-pragmatic information of communicative functions first occur. Further, by presenting a neuromechanistic model, the Action Prediction Model of Communicative Function, I will argue that understanding a speech act requires the expectation of typical partner actions that follow it and that this predictive knowledge is reflected in the human brain.

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16.03.2022 | 17:00

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86747195437?pwd=UWY1VmpMZHN4a3BlTXNYMzFWdUtwdz09
Meeting-ID: 867 4719 5437
Kenncode: 197883